Unai Emery reacts to Lacazette sub boos and defence issues

Football-2 January 2019 08:12 GMT

Unai Emery who got booed for substituting Alexander Lacazette reacted by stating it was based on tactics after the 4-1 demolition on Fulham in the premier league. The Arsenal manager further urged his side to improve their defending.

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“I understand the supporters,” he said on boos after Lacazette’s substitution.

“Tactically we thought in that moment we needed to change for more balance. Above all we know (Jean Michael) Seri is coming on and need a player close to him, not to let him play easily with the ball.

“Aaron Ramsey can do that and also help us in attack and scored. The reason is this. I need to do my work. And not maybe because every supporter can have a different opinion, tactically.

“But I need to do my work, Lacazette his work and he scored also. He helped us and it was a very positive reaction.”

Emery also had a message to his players urging them to improve their defending after failing yet again to keep a clean sheet in the premier league.

“Our challenge now is to improve defensively,” he added.

“We are very happy with the attacking players and scoring a lot of goals like today. We are a high team in terms of scoring.

“We need defence also to (have) more balance and improve. We need to work. We need to do better in the second half of the season, tactically, and we are going to do that.”

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